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Top 5: Female Characters

A feature in which I share my top 5 in different categories. 

So back in the day, I used to do these Top 5 posts, where I shared my top 5 books in different genres. Today, we are expanding on that topic and branching out with my top 5 all time favorite female characters. There are obviously a lot more than just five, but I tried really hard to narrow it down to this final list. There’s some fan art here and clicking on the image takes you to the artist’s blog. So without further ado, here are my top 5 female characters (in no particular order).

1. Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

We’re starting off real easy with everyone’s fave – Hermione. She is the first character I really related to, and she’ll always be one of my absolute favorites. I love her character, because in the books, unlike the movies, she’s still flawed – she tries too hard, she is a bit overbearing and she doesn’t really fit in completely. She isn’t universally liked like in the movies. So there’s a lot more depth to her character, and I really appreciate that. Hermione is a studious, dedicated, loyal and intelligent girl and I absolutely love her. I even did a reading list dedicated to her.

2. Cath Avery (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

I have never really read a character and thought “omg that’s me“. Until I read Fangirl. Cath is this really closed off person, she’s obsessed with books, and our college experiences are eerily similar. Cath is such a wonderful character and I loved her from the beginning. Rainbow has a knack for writing these really relatable characters, and Cath is no different. Such a wonderful female protagonist with whom I feel like a lot of people can relate to.

3. Nina Zenik (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

This is a bit controversial, but I prefer Nina to Inej. I LOVE Inej, but Nina is an all time fave. She is this sassy, spunky, strong character who is really confident in herself and I LOVE HER. I think she’s really clever and really keen on banter and I adore her. Plus I am a huge Nina x Matthias shipper. I ADORE THEM together. It’s my favorite kind of trope: hate-to-love, plus this sassy, wonderful lady with a big, goofy, somewhat brutish, but really loyal and honorable guy. It’s a specific trope, but it really gets me. Plus, I love waffles.

4. Eva Khatchadourian (We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver)

We’re going to more dark characters now. Eva is the main character in the book, and she is absolutely brilliant. A highly unlikable character, that you end up caring for. She is this poster girl for feminism without ever really being one. She struggles a lot with being a mother and with the fact that she might be the reason that her son grew up to be a person who shot up a school and she is such an intelligent, but quite unconventional woman and I ADORE her. If you haven’t read this, you definitely should. You can find more on it in my review HERE.

5. Amy Elliot-Dunne (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn) 

Another really dark character. I adore female characters who are unconventional, dark, unlikable or just really evil. I think women are often put on a pedestal and made into this etheral, pure beings which they are not. They are not perfect, they can be awful. And I love those kinds of characters. Amy is manipulative, a sociopath, but also extremely intelligent and persistent (okay, obsessive, but still, persistently so). I just love her a lot and I love how she is the ultimate awful unlikable female character. Rosamund Pike did her justice in the movie, which is also really great.

So those are my top 5 female characters. Any of your faves on the list? What are your favorite female characters?


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